Brooke Baldwin, one of CNN's veteran anchors who became "incredibly sick" last year with COVID-19, opened her afternoon show on Tuesday by announcing she's leaving the network in April, USAToday reports.
Baldwin, 41, has been at CNN since 2008 – first in Atlanta and since 2014 in New York – as host of "CNN Newsroom," airing from 3 to 4 p.m. EST.
She made the announcement just after coming on air, suggesting she plans to take a break from the news.
She said she will focus on her book, "Huddle," due April 6, which is about women "unlocking their collective power."
"Before we get going, let me start with some personal news: I will be leaving CNN in April," she said. She paused and gulped.
Baldwin said her next chapter will be focused on what she loves most, amplifying the lives of extraordinary Americans and a passion for storytelling. She said she's been working on her book for two years.
"There is more I need to do outside the walls of this place, this place I've been privileged to call home for 13 years," she told viewers. "Yes, we're still in a pandemic. No, I don't have another job to jump into. And yes, yes, I am feeling very vulnerable."